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Charity 24-hour run to raise vital funds for region’s homeless

A 24-hour run is being held online to raise money for homeless people on the streets of Greater Manchester.

Participants will start running at any time from 12pm on 18th November and track their activities using an exercise app called Strava.

They hope to raise £3,000 for the A Bed Every Night (ABEN) scheme, set up by Metro Mayor Andy Burnham, which aims to provide a bed and support to anyone sleeping rough in the city.

The event has been arranged by Run Wild Manchester, a weekly running group for University of Manchester students.

UoM physics student, James Bannister, 21, who helped to plan the run, said: “It is a really cool event, especially last year when we first did it.

“It went way better than we could have imagined.”

Organisers originally planned to hold the event in person but were left in limbo a few weeks back while they waited to hear if the country was going back into lockdown.

Mr Bannister said: “Now we’ve got a plan, the nerves have gone. We just want to get it done and get as many people involved as we can now.

“I think it will be as successful, if not more, than last year.”

Participants aim to cumulatively run 1,407km which is the equivalent of running from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in the far north of Scotland.

Now the event is no longer being held in person, people from all over the country are being encouraged to take part.

As the run would usually be held as a relay, around 30 members of Run Wild Manchester will be running a relay in social distanced pairs.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Lead member for Homelessness at Manchester City Council said: “There are many worthy causes that students could support so I am delighted that they have chosen to support the ABEN scheme which is helping some of the most vulnerable people in our city.

“Bringing people, many of whom have complex needs, inside into safe and secure accommodation is often the first step in a journey to helping them make lasting changes that will transform their lives.

“We, and our partners, are committed to placing people in the right accommodation with the appropriate support so that they can make real and lasting change in their lives so that they do not have to return to the streets.”

To find out more about the event or to make a donation, click here: https://www.mcr24hourrun.co.uk/home

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